Design Thinking, Design Doing
“Design Thinking, Design Doing” is a University Course that focuses on human-centered design. This course will be offered in Fall semester 2018. The course introduces theories and practices of design. The design thinking elements of the course offer a critical understanding of methods for researching interactions between humans and the social and built environment, whereas the design doing elements teach us how to develop purposeful interventions that result in more meaningful and effective interactions. We will do design using a human-centered process while at the same we will think design as we examine what and how people learn while engaged in the design process.
The primary vehicle for student learning is participation in team-based projects in the domains of business, education, and health. This learning is supported through lectures, discussions, readings, in-class exercises, and through a series of formal design reviews that encourage reflection on students’ processes and their insights. Students in the course will spend significant time observing, listening to, analyzing, storytelling, and otherwise engaging users (and fellow students) as they develop and implement meaningful and transformative designs.